Working from home is becoming increasingly more popular for today’s workers. Whether it’s working remotely full time or part time, having a home office comes with its challenges. However, for many, the flexibility and freedom is well worth the challenge.
Staying focused and motivated can be tough, but with the right preparations, you can turn your home working space into a functioning and inspiring atmosphere as if you were sitting in a corporate office every day.
1. Set sleeping hours
If you’re working from home, discipline is key in order to make sure you are staying on top of your work load. Yes, you get a little more leniency with when you start your work day, but sleeping in until noon will probably not help you produce your best work. Go to bed at a decent hour and wake up early in the morning.
2. Get ready for work
Treating your home office like all other office jobs is a great habit to start and maintain. Hopefully you wouldn’t head out of your home to an external office without first brushing your teeth and changing out of your pajamas, so you should do the same when you work from home. Get showered, get dressed, and get ready.
3. Your Bed is not your desk
Productive workdays are affected directly by your environment. Doing your work in a space that is conducive to great work ethic will increase your productivity exponentially. Your bed is where you go to unwind, relax, and sleep; the opposite of what you’re trying to do when you’re focused on meeting deadlines and getting work done. Set up a workspace that is as far from your bed as possible, and commit to only using that designated space for work.
4. Set working hours
When working self-sufficiently one of the biggest things you have to stay on top of, and make sure you don’t miss, is deadlines. Setting up a schedule of set work hours will help you stay on top of responsibilities, and will help you track how much working you’re getting done.
5. Get rid of distractions
One of the biggest time wasters is social media. Having your Facebook or Twitter feed open while you’re trying to get work done is not only distracting, but seriously debilitating to your productivity. Social media isn’t bad, but save it for breaks or time when you’re not supposed be doing work.
6. Check out open work spaces
Remote work is becoming more and more popular as employees look for work life balance and the freedoms working from home offers. With that, many open work-spaces have popped up to accommodate the growing remote workforce. If you live nearby, check one out, or head over to a local coffee shop. Even the most introverted person needs some human interaction every now and again.